“A steep climb to get started with rolling hills throughout.
— Bryan Bishop
Race - May 19, 2018
Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
A great route featuring a wide variety of terrain including tough rocky sections, and fun enjoyable smooth singletrack. The trail is plenty wide and, for several sections, it is a doubletrack.
There are two out and backs that should not be skipped, these are the viewpoints of the route.
The lower trails can get busy during mid-day but the trail belongs to mostly runners in the morning.
Need to Know
Most of the trail is well shaded except for a few miles in the middle and the final 1-2 miles. These sections get very warm in the summer and also bring out the rattlesnakes. Water is likely to be encountered on the trail causing muddy spots during the spring. Depending on how wet the spring was, this can make the trail very rough during the summer.
Watch for rattlesnakes on the lower sunny sections of the trail. Mountain bikers also use this trail. There are two sections, however, that are always mountain biker-free. There are restrooms at the trailhead of this route. This route has a lot of rocks that are particularly dangerous for the ankles.
From the trailhead, go left, down the Plymouth Creek Trail
. There is a short 0.5 mile warm-up with rolling hills to get you started, then the steep and rocky climb begins. At about 1 mile continue straight up the hill on Plymouth Creek Trail
, do not cross the bridge (this is the way back). Around 1.5 miles, you'll pass a trail that heads to the left followed shortly by another trail that heads to the right, DO NOT take either of these trails yet, just keep pushing up the hill. Finally, around 2 miles you'll reach a T-Junction. Turn right here and head down Homesteader Trail
is one of the most fun trails in the park. It is mostly smooth singletrack through the woods with a few rolling hills. At about mile 3, you'll hit a junction with a double wide trail. Turn left and head up. You are now back on a new section of the Plymouth Creek Trail
At mile 3.7 you'll hit another trail junction, this time with the Red Mesa Loop
. The race runs this loop clockwise, so turn left and begin the loop. At mile 6 you'll come to the Golden Eagle Trail
, which is an out and back to the summit of the lookout point. Great views of Denver are had here. Return the way you came and continue on to finish Red Mesa Loop
Shortly after mile 7, you'll finish the Red Mesa loop and return back to Plymouth Creek Trail
. Head down the double wide path, past Homesteader and arrive at a T-Junction where you turn left and Head back up to the top.
This time when you arrive at the top you'll turn left, followed by another left to head to the final out and back of the route. This takes you to the summit of Plymouth Mountain. Return back and continue on Plymouth Mountain Trail
(heading left after the out and back), which will begin to head down hill.
At mile 11, you'll finish Plymouth Mountain Trail
loop and arrive back on Plymouth Creek Trail
. Turn right and head down the mountain. After the technical rock section (or stairs) you'll arrive at a bridge that heads left down Meadowlark Trail
, around 11.5. Take this trail all the way back down to the trailhead to finish the route.